Skating stars set to slide into South Yorkshire

As England gears up to be the focus of worldwide sporting attention in 2012 for the London Olympic Games, another major event is set to catapult the country into the global limelight.

The ISU European Figure Skating Championships are being held in England for the first time in over 20 years after Sheffield was successful in its bid to stage the prestigious event.

The National Ice Skating Association (NISA) is staging the International Skating Union (ISU) European Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield at the Motorpoint Arena from 22-29 January 2012.

It is the third largest competition involving figure skaters, behind the World Championships and the Winter Olympics.

Keith Horton, Chief Executive of NISA, said: “The ISU European Figure Skating Championships is one of the top three events on the skating calendar and will attract competitors and their coaches from all across Europe and spectators from all over the world to Sheffield.

In a year when the whole country will be celebrating the London Olympics, it will be hugely exciting to kick off 2012 with this blue ribbon ice event. We are expecting scores of European journalists in Sheffield to cover the competition, many of them using the event to visit England ahead of the Olympics later in the year.”

Following the 2011 Championships in Bern, Switzerland, where Edinburgh’s two-time Olympians Sinead and John Kerr took overall ice dance bronze, the baton for the organisation of the 2012 event has now passed to NISA.

The programme of events is as follows:

Sunday January 22– First Official Practise Session

Monday January 23– Pairs, Mens & Dance Preliminary Rounds

Tuesday January 24– Ladies Preliminary Round

Wednesday January 25– Opening Ceremony, Pairs Short & Short Dance Programs

Thursday January 26– Mens Short Program & Pairs Free Program

Friday January 27– Ladies Short Program & Dance and Free Dance

Saturday January 28 – Mens & Ladies Free Program

Sunday January 29 – Gala Performance

All Event tickets, priced £160 & £110, will give customers access to all sessions and are now on sale. Individual day tickets are also now on sale with tickets priced from £10 to £31 for a day session.

Tickets are available online at Motorpoint Arena Sheffield through 0114 256 56 56 or in person from the Arena Box Office.